East Side Senate Primary Update

The Democratic primary for the upcoming special election now has five candidates. District 3 leans liberal (Biden won 89% of the vote last year) so the October 5th primary is essentially the election. (One Republican candidate has declared for the general.) Patrick Anderson has a comprehensive breakdown of the candidates, their backgrounds, and their platforms in today’s Providence Journal.

Here are the five candidates listed in alphabetical order:

Hilary Levey Friedman, former president of the RI chapter of NOW.

Bret Jacob, director of research and development and LGBTQIA liaison for Mayor Elorza.

Geena Pham, Massachusetts public school teacher.

Ray Rickman, former state representative and executive director of Stages of Freedom, and educational nonprofit.

Samuel Zurier, attorney and former city councilor.


How to vote in primary: In person at the polls on October 5, 7am to 8pm.

Early In-Person voting for primary: September 15 through 4pm, October 4. Bring ID to Providence City Hall. Drop boxes also available.

General election: November 2, 7am to 8pm.

More on voting early at the Board of Canvassers.

Go to the Secretary of State page for information about mail ballots, voter registration deadlines, etc.


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